Mr. Lew was born in New York, New York, on August 29, 1955. A member of the bar in
the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard
College in 1978 and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1983. He
is married and has two children.
Sylvia M. Mathews
At OMB, Mr. Gotbaum has assumed responsibility for a range of
cross-cutting issues on both budget and management issues. This has included
regulatory matters; assistance to the government of Colombia and post-hurricane
assistance to Central America; tobacco policies; privatization, programs to
counter the threat of domestic terrorism, and health and veterans programs.
As Controller, he directs the Office of Federal Financial Management and is
responsible for policy and programs affecting the Government's financial
management and systems, including its annual financial reporting and audits. He has also been responsible for
recruitment of senior OMB officials and participates in general agency
Mr. Gotbaum has broad experience both in business and government.
Immediately prior to joining OMB, Mr. Gotbaum served as Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. He advised Secretary Rubin
on economic effects of tax and budget proposals and a range of other issues,
including Social Security, economic development, financial institutions and
government regulation. Before that, Mr. Gotbaum was the Assistant Secretary
for Economic Security at the Department of Defense. In that position, he was
both a liaison to business and DoD's primary adviser on matters pertaining
to the defense industry. He also coordinated DoD's 1995 base closures and
was responsible for streamlining economic development and reuse at closing
Until 1994, Mr. Gotbaum was general partner with the New York
investment bank, Lazard Frères & Co. Over 13 years, he gave
financial advice and assistance to corporations, trade unions and governments
in North America and Europe on corporate finance, mergers/acquisitions,
bankruptcies and restructurings. Among the transactions on which he worked
were the leveraged acquisition of Avis Europe, employee buyouts of Weirton
Steel and United Airlines, and acquisitions and/or restructuring in steel,
transportation, chemicals, electronics and entertainment industries. He
became a general partner in 1990, and was based in London as a managing
director of Lazard Frères & Co., Ltd. from 1989-1992.
During the Carter Administration, Mr. Gotbaum was Associate Director
for Economics of the White House Domestic Policy Staff; Executive Assistant
to Alfred Kahn, President Carter's advisor on inflation; on the staff of the
White House Office of Energy, Policy & Planning, and of the Department
of Energy. Before joining Lazard Frères in 1981, he served as
legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Gary Hart for economic and budget
Mr. Gotbaum holds graduate degrees from the Kennedy School of
Government and Harvard Law School, and an A.B. from Stanford.
Josh was raised in Evanston, Illinois, and Westchester County, NY,
and now lives in Washington, D.C. He is married to Joyce Thornhill, a
former banker and full-time homemaker. They have three children, Emma,
Adam and Jordan. In what used to be his spare time, he was a singer.
Office of Management And Budget
Sylvia M. Mathews was confirmed as Deputy Director of OMB by the Senate on
October 21, 1998. As Deputy Director, she works with the Director and the White House on development of Administration policy, and is responsible for coordinating Administration efforts on budget and appropriations matters, as well as other legislative and management issues.
Prior to OMB, Ms. Mathews was appointed Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to the President in January 1997. She supervised the work of several White House offices, including the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, Public Liaison, Staff Secretary, Intergovernmental Affairs, Council on Environmental Quality, Press, Cabinet Secretary, and Communications. In addition to overseeing these offices, Ms. Mathews helped review staff recommendations and managed the flow of information from them to the President of the United States. Ms. Mathews had responsibility for several special projects ranging from
Presidential State of the Union Addresses (1997 and 1998) to the President's historic trip to Africa.
Before her appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff, Ms. Mathews served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of the Treasury, Robert E. Rubin, from 1995-1997. In this position, she advised the Secretary on foreign and domestic policy, management and communications issues, and she helped implement the Secretary's priorities throughout the Department. She also shared day-to-day responsibilities with the Deputy Secretary and served as the Secretary's liaison to the White House and other government agencies.
Ms. Mathews first joined the Clinton Administration in December 1992 as the manager of the President-elect's Economic Transition Team. In January 1993, she became Staff Director for the National Economic Council and Special Assistant to Robert E. Rubin, then Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Her responsibilities included advising Mr. Rubin on economic and long-term planning issues, working closely with senior White House and Administration officials, and overseeing the day-to-day work of the NEC staff.
Before joining the Federal government, Ms. Mathews worked in the private
sector for McKinsey and Company management consulting firm. From November 1990 to July 1992 she was an associate with McKinsey in New York, where she performed analytical research, primarily in the areas of finance and telecommunications.
Ms. Mathews was the Deputy Director of Economic Policy for the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign. As a researcher on the 1988 Dukakis/Bentsen presidential campaign, she fact checked debate preparation materials. She was a Governor's aide for Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and served as a Lyndon B. Johnson Intern for Congressman Nick Rahall.
Ms. Mathews graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Government in June 1987. She was a recipient of the Harvard College Aggassiz Scholarship and Institute of Balkan Studies Harvard Fellowship, and was a Harvard Club of New York Scholar. As a Rhodes Scholar, she received an honors degree (B.A.) in philosophy, politics, and economics in June 1990 from Oxford University in Oxford, England. Ms. Mathews is from Hinton, West Virginia.
Joshua Gotbaum joined OMB as Executive Associate Director
in 1997. He is part of OMB=s senior
management team, with the Director, the Deputy Director, and the Deputy Director
for Management. In 1999, he was also confirmed by the Senate as Controller.
Executive Associate Director & Controller
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